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Little Owl

Little Owl
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-05 1:32
Viewed: 4668
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This juvenile Little owl was sitting close to the road. It can be aged by the rather fluffy feathers on the head, lacking the large white dots of adult birds.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a bird which is resident in much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and north Africa.
This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.
The Little Owl is a small owl, 23-27.5 cm in length. It takes prey such as insects, earthworms and amphibians. It is partly diurnal and often perches prominently.
This is a sedentary species which is found in open country such as mixed farmland and parkland. It usually nests in holes in trees or rocks, laying 3-5 eggs which are incubated by the female for 28-29 days, with a further 26 days to fledging.
The adult Little Owl of the most widespread form, the nominate A. n. noctua, is white-speckled brown above, and brown-streaked white below. It has a large head, long legs, and yellow eyes, and its white “eyebrows” give it a stern expression. This species has a bounding flight like a woodpecker. Juveniles are duller, and lack the adult's white crown spots. The call is a querulous kee-ik.
There is a pale grey-brown Middle Eastern type known as The Syrian Little Owl, or A. n. lilith. Other forms include another pale race, the north African A. n. desertae, and two intermediate subspecies, A. n. indigena of southeast Europe and Asia Minor, and A. n. bactriana of central Asia.
The Little Owl was sacred to the goddess Athena, from whom it gets the generic name.

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Wonderful capture, Tom.
Superb compo. Wonderful juvenile Little owl...

Hi Tom.
Beautiful image. The lighting, exposure, sharpness and detail are spot on.
Wonderful image

New Zealand

Hi Tom
Very nice capture of this juvenile little owl, great compo and very nice ligth.

Hello Tom!
This is a really funny picture, I like a lot a pose of this small owl species. Picture is very nice composed and has well saturated colours, and the note is also very informative.
TFS and best greetings from Poland,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-05 3:17]

Hi Tom,
I like a lot colours, light, details and composition.
TFS, José M.

hi tom,
lovely shot, liked the composition, sharp image with good details, lovely colours, the eyes look nice,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-05 8:11]

Hola Tom,
precioso trabajo,
detalles y pov,
nitidez excelente,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-05 8:32]

Hi Tom
a very nice shot of this young ownl, with a great POV. Good compo in this blue sky and great details.


Hi Tom,
wonderful capture with great POV, sharpness and details. Nicely composed. Eyes contact and coloration great. good notes. TFS
well done

hi pirate!

great compo!!!!and what a glance of this littlw owl!!
super catch!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-05 13:54]

Hi Tom,

Well seen and captured shot ,the colors are great and POV is well chosen,great camerawork tfs


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-05 14:21]

Your "little" owl looks huge against the beautiful blue sky. Such an outstanding POV and great compsoition. Eye contact is excellent. Focus is precise and the exposure is perfect to give a very natural look and rich colors.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-05 21:41]

Hello Tom

A very cute little owl,the eyes are beautiful and the yellow stands out against the brilliant blue sky.The POV is interesting,and the shot is well composed.Excellent clarity with spot on focus and sharp details.TFS


Hi Tom
well seen and captured. Love these little owls. Wonderful crisp, sharp focus and eye contact.

Hello Tom , very good comp. and sharpness , TFS .

A beautiful & accurate capture, color & detail are excellent


Hi Tom,

This is a great picture, and I like it very much. Very nice composition, great light, nice pose, well done.


Hi Tom,
Excellent capture. Great shot. Congratulation, well done.

hi tom!
exellent and very beautiful!

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